Éire Ghaelach – Éire Shaor
In December 2011 I wrote about a new online Irish language education network for language learners called “Abair Leat!“. Going through its final beta testing we were promised a full launch within months and sure enough the site will be formally unveiled on the 27th of February. From Pól Ó Muirí in the Irish Times:
“Comedian and, indeed, fear grinn, Des Bishop, will launch Abair Leat! an online Irish-language service which aims to take the language out of the classroom and to let participants use it in day-to-day situations. The site’s founder, Míchéal Ó Foighil, hopes that it will be of use to adult learners, 2nd and 3rd level students and professionals in the sector.”
With a plethora of Irish language learning sites on the internet it will be interesting to see how this one fairs. It seems to be geared towards serving as a “live” language resource with a large number of interactive features including online conversational opportunities for Irish learners with indigenous Irish speakers. So far the beta site looks fantastic and the buzz about it is certainly one of excitement and expectation.
More news as it happens.